It can be tough finding the perfect AED for your workplace. But we’re so glad you’re thinking about purchasing an automated external defibrillator (AED) or upgrading your current selection of AEDs!
In this post, we’ll explore a few things you’ll want to consider before purchasing an AED for your business. We also highly recommend checking out the American Heart Association’s AED Implementation Guide.
What’s an AED? An AED is a small, portable and user-friendly electronic device that can automatically diagnose and respond to life-threatening heart rhythms. Most AEDs provide simple, easy-to-follow audio and visual instructions that bystanders can quickly comprehend and apply. Some AEDs advise the user when to administer the shock, while other AEDs may automatically apply a shock if the heart is arrhythmic.
For specific AED recommendations based on pricing, equipment, IP Ratings and more, check out our post, Which AED is Right for You? (Please note: pricing may have changed since the post was first published.)
For recommendations based on manufacturers, check out A Complete Guide to AED Manufacturers.
Where Are You Using Your AED?
If you need a public access defibrillator (such as those you see at airports and gyms), you’ll want to find a durable AED that’s super easy to use.
You may want to consider the Powerheart G5 or the Powerheart G3 by Cardiac Science.
The Powerheart G3 comes with an impressive seven-year warranty. The Powerheart G5 comes with an eight-year warranty and is the first FDA-approved AED to include fully automatic shock delivery, dual-language (English/Spanish) functionality, and variable escalating energy options. Both the G3 and the G5 feature easy, intuitive operation and are perfect for first-time responders as well as seasoned professionals.
To use, simply open the AED lid to activate the device. The Cardiac Science RescueCoach guides rescuers through each step of the rescue process. Easy-to-follow text prompts make the Powerheart a great choice for noisy environments (think factory floors, concert venues, and auditoriums) and the device also meets rigorous military standards for shock and vibration testing. The Rescue Ready® technology self-checks the primary components daily, ensuring that your device is fully operational and rescue-ready.
Who Is Most Likely to Need an AED in Your Office?
If you’re running a preschool or elementary school, you’ll want an AED with pediatric pads! When it comes to AED pads, one-size-fits-all isn’t ideal. (For more information, read AED Use on Infants and Children.)
There are two types of AED pads: Adult and pediatric. Consider the population you’re most likely to use your AED on and purchase your equipment accordingly. If, for example, your AED is placed on a shop floor or in a retirement community, it’s unlikely you’ll need pediatric pads! If your AED is going to be placed in a school setting, however, you may want to consider a school AED package that includes both adult and pediatric pads.
What Kind of AED is Best?
That’s a tough one to answer because any AED is better than no AED at all!
If cost is a significant consideration, you may want to consider purchasing a recertified AED. All of the AEDs sold by Cardio Partners and AED.com has been run through a rigorous 10-point series of checks and are refurbished to exacting standards.
If you’re worried about the costs associated with battery maintenance, consider the Zoll AED Plus, which uses standard consumer 123 lithium batteries!
If your AED is going to see some rough and tumble use (like those stored in company vehicles), you’ll want to pay attention to IP codes. The “International Protection Rating” or “Ingress Protection Rating” is a code that classifies the level of protection an electrical device provides against liquid and dust. If you’re shopping for a poolside AED, look for a high IP rating and consider a waterproof Pelican Case.
Here at Cardio Partners and AED.com, we’re ready to help you find the AED that’s best for your business, home, or organization! For more information about purchasing a new or recertified AED or to schedule a free consultation, visit AED.com or call Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DISCLAIMER: Information and resources found on the cardiopartners.com and aed.com websites/blogs is intended to educate, inform, and motivate readers to make their health and wellness decisions after consulting with their healthcare provider. The authors are not healthcare providers. NO information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease or condition.